PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association is reaching out to riders across the country to encourage them to become informed about motorcycling issues, ask their candidates where they stand and then Vote Like A Motorcyclist on Election Day, Nov. 8.
"Since 2010, we have made this online tool available, so motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle owners can educate themselves and help them decide which candidates to support," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. "Everyone who is eligible should register to vote, support candidates who reflect their views, get involved with campaigns and cast a ballot on Election Day."
This year, voters will determine who will reside in the White House for the next four years, who will occupy 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, who will win 34 spots in the U.S. Senate and who will occupy the governor's mansion in 12 states.
Important motorcycling issues these politicians are likely to address during their terms in office include increasing amounts of ethanol in our fuel supply, motorized access to public land, distracted driving, lane splitting, federal exhaust regulations for competition-only bikes, vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology and many others.
The AMA Vote Like A Motorcyclist website (www.cqrcengage.com/amacycle/VLAM) also provides a report on how incumbent candidates have voted on issues important to motorcyclists and whether they have cosponsored bills favorable or unfavorable to motorcycling interests.
In addition, the AMA has provided a map that links visitors to each state's page, where they can find the candidates who will appear on their ballot.
"With so many seats in Congress up for a vote, as well as the White House, this election will set the political tone for years to come," Allard said. "It is important for riders to identify motorcycle-friendly candidates and factor motorcycling issues into their decision on Election Day."
For more information about the AMA Vote Like A Motorcyclist campaign, visit www.cqrcengage.com/amacycle/VLAM. To learn about the mission and programs of the American Motorcyclist Association, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.